MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A recall of Reser’s Fine Foods’ chicken, ham and beef products has been expanded.
The recall is now for products produced between Sept. 5 and Oct. 9, 2013.
The products are being recalled due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant woman.
The recalled refrigerated ready-to-eat products were distributed nationwide and Canada.
The products were sold to retail and food service establishments. The packages will be marked with a Use-by-Date or Best By Date and followed by a plant identifier code of 20. Products affected by this recall are listed below.
The USDA recommends anyone who may think they are at risk for Listeriosis to do the following:
-Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.
-Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.
-Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.
-Do not eat refrigerated paté, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that don’t need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.
-Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.
-Do not eat salads made in the store such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.
-Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. Listeria can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40° F or lower and the freezer 0° F or lower. Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.